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ABOUT SPOONFUL HERBALS

We are a non-profit organization rooted in our deep love and respect for plants and wild places, our reverence for the human body and spirit, and our joy for sharing our work and creations with the world.

It is our mission to share joyful, hands-on education and wellness through plant medicine while honoring all our herbal traditions. Our approach is rooted in sharing a sense of place, nurturing curiosity and creativity, and inspiring ecological stewardship. We foster community action to enhance equitable access to the abundance of seasonal, local plant medicine, to build resilience, and to promote the practice of the honorable harvest.

OUR PROGRAMS

We offer a three season Herbal Remedy CSA Membership. Stock your medicine cabinet with first aid, cold and flu remedies, and add some asty, general health tonics to your pantry or tea cupboard to enjoy when the inspiration hits you. Each share features 4-5 basic herbal formulas for general health, emphasizing locally available and seasonal plants.

Take one of our classes or workshops! Dive deeper with our 6-month introductory community herbal medicine apprenticeship program focused on learning the region’s native and locally grown plants, while producing high quality plant medicine for the local community.

Katherine and Kara are Spoonful Herbal’s primary consultants, offering a variety of services for farmers and homesteaders such as “Know your Backyard Apothecary” tours and consultations, medicine making classes, and garden planning/landscaping guidance.

HEAL LOCAL

We offer an Herbal Remedy CSA Membership which includes three seasonal shares.

Join us for a year of nourishing and inspiring herbal remedies hand-crafted by our team of community herbalists. Our members receive a total of three seasonal shares, each featuring 4-5 basic herbal formulas for general health emphasizing locally available and seasonal plants along with suggestions for their best use (for a total of up to 15 remedies per annual membership). Some formulas are tasty, general health tonics meant to be added to your pantry or tea cupboard and enjoyed when the inspiration hits you. Others are great for stocking your medicine cabinet so that you can have holistic herbal support to turn when the need for first aid, cold and flu care, etc. arises.


CULTIVATE SKILLS

Community Herbalism Apprenticeship Program

This introductory six-month learning experience focuses on learning the region’s native and locally grown plants throughout the growing season while learning to cultivate, harvest and produce a wide variety of high quality and delicious plant medicine to share with the local community. Woven throughout is a reverence for the natural world, honoring all of our herbal traditions, cultivating wellness sovereignty through promoting equitable and honorable access to plant medicine.

Dive deeper with our 6-month introductory community herbal medicine apprenticeship program focused on learning the region’s native and locally grown plants, while producing high quality plant medicine for the local community.

WORKSHOPS

Learn with our herbalists all 12 months at workshops and events around the Burlington Community. Katherine and Kara can often be found teaching at the Railyard Apothecary, the University of Vermont, City Market, Shelburne Farms, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and more. For current upcoming events, check out our events page.

MEET OUR HERBALISTS

Katherine Elmer

Katherine Elmer was trained at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and currently practices at the Burlington Herb Clinic at the Railyard Healing Center in Burlington, VT. She is a lecturer of Herbal Medicine at the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Center Program in Integrative Health.

Kara Buchanan

Kara Buchanan completed the Advanced Herbal Training Program at Sage Mountain and has created herbal products for her community and maintained medicinal herb gardens for over 15 years.​ She is on staff at the Railyard Herbal Apothecary and at Rock Point School where she stewards gardens and teaches about nutrition, wellness and gardening.

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ENGAGE WITH US


Partner with us to learn about the untapped resource that already exists in your backyard, farm or homestead- your living apothecary! Katherine and Kara are Spoonful Herbal’s primary consultants, and offer a variety of services for farmers and homesteaders including individual or group plant walks, medicine making classes in your kitchen, personalized wellness consultations, and/or landscaping recommendations.

Join an existing workshop or host us for your own by request! Katherine and Kara are skilled educators teaching at various venues in the community. Common sites are Shelburne Farms, Rock Point, City Market and the Railyard Apothecary. Join us to deepen your wellness sovereignty (aka skills to care for yourself and loved ones with local plant medicine!).

These gleaning, gardening and plant medicine processing opportunities, with the guidance of skilled herbalists, offer hands-on connection with the plants, and bring experience and community-building for volunteers while enhancing our community’s access to local plant medicine.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

June 19, 2019
  • Apprenticeship Class

    June 19, 2019  4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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June 26, 2019
  • Apprenticeship Class

    June 26, 2019  4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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July 3, 2019
  • Apprenticeship Class

    July 3, 2019  4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Feeling the imminent spring equinox in my inspiration to make
  • Welcoming Spring and Community and Healing in the garden with
  • New sign accompanied by sparkling dandelion wine!
  • Soon to grace the shelves at our partner herbal hub
  • A local voice of truth and deep love for humanity
  • Annual maypole to mark the start of our community herbalism